Four hits for Diaz in Spikes’ loss

UNIVERSITY PARK — Imeldo Diaz recorded four hits in the Spikes’ 7-2 loss to the West Virginia Black Bears in the team’s home finale on Friday night.

Diaz produced his first four-hit game as a professional since last August with Rookie-level Johnson City to power the Spikes’ (34-39) offense. Both State College runs scored on sacrifice flies to center field, with Jonatan Machado producing his in the third and Edwin Figuera doing the same in the fifth. All seven hits for State College were singles as well.

West Virginia (31-42) took the lead in the first when Mike Gretler doubled home two runs. In the second, a Spikes error scored one run and wild pitches brought in two more to extend the Black Bears’ advantage to 5-0.

Kyle Watson and Fabricio Macias then each notched an RBI single in the third to finish the West Virginia scoring.

Macias also compiled four hits for the Black Bears, capping it off with an eighth-inning triple in which he was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park home run.

State College starter Jacob Schelesener (2-6) took the loss after yielding seven runs on seven hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings. Schlesener threw three wild pitches in the game, but struck out four batters.

West Virginia starter Brad Case (1-0) earned the win in his debut with the club after giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk over five innings.

Case struck out two batters on the night.

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